Saturday, June 18, 2011

LA "Looking Glass" Trailer

Marissa Nielsen-Pincus and Tara O'Con as Alice
photo by Wendy Le

The new trailer for our Los Angeles premier is now available on vimeo. Click link below.

"Looking Glass" at Bank of America Plaza - Downtown L.A. from Third Rail Projects on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

First Day On Site in Los Angeles with Looking Glass

Tori Sparks as the Red Queen and Tara O'Con as Alice

On Saturday, ten-foot tall signage went up on the side of the Bank of America building, an incongruous art installation of antique ephemera appeared in the West Lobby, and Zach and my first week in LA came to a close.

Yesterday afternoon, Tara O'Con, Tori Sparks, Marissa Nielsen-Pincus, and Elizabeth Carena arrived in LA (Jennine Willett will join the company next Monday). We did massive grocery shopping, started to figure out this whole driving-in-LA-thing, and settled into our house in Silver Lake. Later, we travelled to the Bank of America Plaza for a site observation, unpacked the costumes and trunk, and then we celebrated our arrival with cocktails on a downtown rooftop.

But today was what it's all about. Really hitting the pavement or, rather rolling on the brick wall as the case may be. The first day is always pivotal. It's a kind of ice-breaking moment all around. It's the first time we get to physically interact with the site full-force, and it's the first time that the denizens of the site see us here. We are coming in as the foreign element again, but after years of working in this way, we've started to know how it goes. We get to know everyone as they get to know us, and by the time we leave, we seem as natural to the site as the waterfalls and Tasmanian tree ferns.

We are excited to have our rehearsal time on site open for audiences to watch as we build the work. Over the course of these two weeks, they will have the opportunity to see the creative process from start to finish, and along the way, we get the opportunity to try out material in front of them. It will certainly tell us quickly what works best and what doesn't. We know when we have their attention and where we lose them, and this kind of on-site process affords a much quicker development period and a chance to gather interest and momentum along the way.

But getting back to today... today was also a photo shoot! So, enjoy a sneak peak with some of shots from Wendy Le.

– Tom

Marissa Nielsen-Pincus and Tara O'Con as Alice

Elizabeth Carena as the Mad Hatter

Saturday, June 11, 2011

TRP Premieres New Work in Los Angeles & New York

Third Rail Projects Premieres
presented by Arts Brookfield,
this summer in LA and NY
Save the Dates!

Click through to each individual event below for more information.

photo courtesy of Starboard photos

LOOKING GLASS by Third Rail Projects
Zach Morris, Tom Pearson, Jennine Willett, Co-Directors

Featuring Collaborators:
Elizabeth Carena, Marissa Nielsen-Pincus, Tara O'Con, Tori Sparks

Karen Young

Looking Glass is a site-adaptive, immersive performance experience utilizing and highlighting pre-existing architecture at four sites this summer in LA and NY. The work invites audiences to see their surroundings anew and encourages them to explore the environment, choose and follow a performer, discover hidden scenes, and chart their own path through a cutting edge, fierce, and sophisticated re-imagining of Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass. The work is a durational performance, presented on a loop for roughly two hours (LA site) and one hour (NY sites), affording the public an opportunity to move throughout the space and providing multiple vantage points from which to engage with the work. All performances are FREE. No tickets required.
Looking Glass – Los Angeles, CA
"... an immersive experience that thrives on audience engagement...major points for visuals, as well as for some very enthusiastic players."
– Perrin Drumm, SUNDANCE CHANNEL | SUNfiltered

Presented by Arts Brookfield at
Bank of America Plaza

Performance Dates:
June 23– 25, 2011
Thursday– Friday, 12:00PM–2:00PM
Saturday, 2:00PM– 4:00PM
CLICK HERE for more information about this event.

Whether or not you are in LA, you can follow our open rehearsals and creative process on TRP's BLOG. We will begin posts on June 14th. View online or on your hand held device with our new mobile version.

Looking Glass – New York, NY
"..a lavish delight for the senses." – Caroline Ballard, THE VILLAGE VOICE

New York performances presented by Arts Brookfield
as part of Extraordinary Moves and the River to River Festival

One New York Plaza
Performance Date:
Tuesday, July 12, 2011, 12:30PM

CLICK HERE for more information about this event.

Zuccotti Park
Performance Date:
Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 12:30PM
CLICK HERE for more information about this event.

World Financial Center Plaza
Performance Date:
Thursday, July 14, 2011, 12:30PM
CLICK HERE for more information about this event.

Looking Glass is presented by Arts Brookfield as part of its 2011 summer program, premiering in Los Angeles at Bank of America Plaza, and in New York City at One New York Plaza, Zuccotti Park and World Financial Center as part of Arts Brookfield's Extraordinary Moves dance festival produced for the 2011 River To River Festival.

Brookfield Office Properties enlivens its public spaces through an acclaimed visual and performing arts program. Arts Brookfield is committed to working with regional artists and commissioning original works of art in all disciplines including visual art, dance. theater and music. These events offer artists unique opportunities to work in new and unusual spaces while providing provocative cultural experiences for tenants and visitors alike.

Third Rail Projects' performances of Looking Glass are also made possible, in part, by Materials for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department of Sanitation, The Lucky Star Foundation and with support from Third Rail Projects' individual and institutional donors. New York Costumes and Gothic Renaissance proudly sponsor Third Rail Projects' ten-year anniversary season and offer audience members a 10% in-store discount. Simply mention Third Rail Projects at the time of purchase.